Last week I had the privilege of addressing a meeting of the United Nations Association Norwich, a branch of the UN Association of the UK, about the Arctic as a homeland. Rejecting the typical perception of the Arctic as either a pristine wilderness to be cordoned off, or a treasure chest of resources to be exploited, I tried to paint a picture of the ‘human Arctic’ and of the challenges that Arctic societies currently face.
There are many Arctics, of course, and I focused on the Eastern Canadian Arctic with which I’m most familiar, largely following the storyline of my 2015 presentation to the Wilson Center on human development in Nunavut. I hope that the members of UNA Norwich found it enlightening. Many thanks for the invitation.